Managing thoughts, feelings & outer world

Mindfulness

A common misconception about Mindfulness

(J. Kabat-Zinn) is that it is 'emptying your mind'. This idea puts them off and rightly so. I think having an empty mind is not possible. If you think about what that would mean, it is actually somewhat scary: what good would come of an empty mind?

 

I interpret Mindfulness as being aware of what happens around you and especially what the impact is on you, on the inside. What are you thinking? What are you feeling? How do these influence your behaviour? 

Being aware of autopilot and avoiding, when you can, that it takes over. Observing and creating a little (head) space before you (re)act.

 

As a certified Mindfulness mentor it is my job to listen, to many questions to ensure that I understand what you are telling me and then to show you alternative ways of responding to stressors, including your thoughts and feelings.

This is a talk that I gave at the start of the pandemic. It was for Alzheimer's Disease International so there is some focus on people with dementia, but it can be applied to everyone.